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I have to hold the START button down for a lengthy period of time before the washer 'clicks' on. What to do??

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How long is long? I have to hold the button down for about 5 seconds and I think that is to keep from accidentally turning the machine on . If it is longer than 5 seconds then maybe something IS wrong.

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